Stewart A. Baker served as the First Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. Before that he was General Counsel of the WMD Commission investigating intelligence failures prior to the Iraq War. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Baker served as General Counsel of the National Security Agency, where he led NSA efforts to reform commercial encryption and computer security law and policy. In 1977-78 he was a law clerk to Hon. John Paul Stevens at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Baker has served on numerous boards and commissions and has been an advisor to international organizations such as the International Telecommunications Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His law practice in Washington, D.C., specializes in homeland security, cybersecurity, and data protection. Mr. Baker is the author of Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism (2010).
Mr. Baker holds a B.A. from Brown University and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.